Rainforest Alliance Unveils New Certification Program

Rainforest Alliance Unveils New Certification Program

 The Rainforest Alliance certification agency | https://dailycoffeenews.com/2020/06/30/rainforest-alliance-unveils-sweeping-new-certification-program/ | has merged with UTZ under the Rainforest Alliance name, and the merger comes with a new certification program. 
The new certification standard is expected to be adopted by at least two million farmers around the world, replacing the hitherto-current Rainforest Alliance | Learn more on Commonshare | and UTZ certification standards. ——
 
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New Sustainable Standard
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One key component of the new certification scheme is a Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Standard includes separate farm requirements and supply chain requirements, and new compliance procedures and documents. 
The Standard has been two years in the making, and took stock of the input of more than 1,000 people in more than 50 countries. 
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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ
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Even before the merger, both Rainforest Alliance and UTZ helped many of the world’s largest coffee brands to achieve baseline certification | Learn more on Commonshare | toward environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their supply streams. 
Rainforest Alliance estimates that over 400,000 coffee farmers with over 1 million hectares of farmland are currently engaged in Rainforest Alliance certification. 
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Important Changes in the Standard
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The newly-merged Rainforest Alliance | Learn more on Commonshare | has maintained that the new program will be even more attuned to the needs and working realities of coffee farmers and producer groups. These actors remain more vulnerable to risk than buyers of green coffee who roast it and sell it with the new Rainforest Alliance seal.
A particularly important change, one of the most significant, is a mandatory sustainability differential above the market price – that is to say, a price premium paid to farmers in cash. This is required for companies that wish to become certified or maintain certification with Rainforest Alliance. 
There is also a required sustainability investment component, though the Rainforest Alliance has not yet established a minimum for this or for the mandatory sustainability differential.
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New Tools for Support 
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As Rainforest Alliance Director of Standards and Assurance Ruth Rennie said, “The new certification program incorporates new tools to support farmers and companies to set clear sustainability targets and focus investments to improve positive impacts for people and nature.”
The new certification standards are also moving away from the pass/fail binary method used previously toward “assess and address.” This is an approach Rainforest Alliance will apply to numerous requirements.
The reason this is an improvement, according to Rainforest Alliance, is that simple bans drive bad behavior underground. The assess and address approach, on the other hand, is about engaging with the issues and helping the companies to overcome them. 
Rainforest Alliance is also touting the 2020 program’s approaches toward climate-adaptive agriculture, the increased use of data as a tool for farmers and corporations, and increased social and environmental standards. 
The group is rolling out a training program and supportive technology beginning this month. The new standard is set to take effect in July of 2021. .video-responsive {
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